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Jun 12, 2021

Overnight Violence Brings the Number of Mass Shootings in the US This Year to 267

So far this year, we have suffered 267 mass shootings. That’s the new tally after four incidents occurred across the country between Friday afternoon and early Saturday morning, according to the Gun Violence Archive.

Jun 12, 2021

Biden Urges G-7 Leaders to Call out and Compete With China

White House officials have said Biden wants the leaders of the G-7 to speak in a single voice against forced labor practices targeting China’s Uyghur Muslims and other ethnic minorities.

Jun 12, 2021

Teachers Wary of New Laws Limiting Instruction on Race

In response to a push for culturally responsive teaching, Republican lawmakers and governors have championed legislation to limit the teaching of material that explores how race and racism influence American politics, culture and law.

Jun 12, 2021

US Closes Trump-Era Office for Victims of Immigrant Crime

Trump created the Victim Of Immigration Crime Engagement Office, known by its acronym VOICE, by executive order during his first week in office in January 2017. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said it was replacing VOICE with a “more comprehensive and inclusive victim support system.”

Jun 12, 2021

AMA Doctors Meet Amid Vocal Backlash Over Racial Equity Plan

The six-day meeting that began Friday is being held virtually because of the pandemic. It offers a chance for doctors to adopt policies that spell out how the AMA should implement its health equity plan. But some white doctors say the plan goes too far.

Jun 11, 2021

The Week in Review: Chicago, Illinois Fully Reopen

City and state are fully reopened after a long 15 months. The remap fights heat up. A former alderman may have secretly recorded Madigan. And an elected school board on the agenda in Springfield.

Jun 11, 2021

Chicago Jumps to Fifth in Annual Ranking of US Park Systems, With Equity Added to Metrics

Chicago gets high marks for access, with 98% of residents living within a 10-minute walk of a park versus the national average of 55%.

Jun 11, 2021

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Puts Elegant Spin on Season’s Third Live Concert

“Overture,” the final entry in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s springtime series of three different programs was performed live in Orchestra Hall on Thursday.  Remaining performances are Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. 

Jun 11, 2021

Lightfoot Asks State Lawmakers for ‘More Time’ as Pivotal Elected School Board Vote Looms

Mayor Lori Lightfoot has less than three days to convince Democratic lawmakers to reject or revise the plan negotiated by state Sen. Robert Martwick, D-Chicago. 

Jun 11, 2021

Man Charged With Tossing Explosive Device at Naperville Restaurant Pleads Guilty

Diego Vargas, 26, entered a guilty plea on Thursday on a single count of maliciously attempting to damage and destroy a building by means of an explosive device, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois.

Jun 11, 2021

Mount Recyclemore Sends a Message to G-7 Leaders About the Towering Problem of Electronic Waste

The towering sculpture, constructed near the site of this weekend’s G-7 summit, sounds the alarm about the growing problem of electronic waste.

Jun 11, 2021

Lightfoot Won’t Commit to Up-Or-Down Vote to Rename Lake Shore Drive for DuSable

“Here’s what I’ve heard from residents all over the city: A lot of them don’t want the name to be changed,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said.

Jun 11, 2021

Chicago Police Officer Charged in Connection to Jan. 6 US Capitol Breach

Karol Chwiesiuk is facing five misdemeanor charges, including disorderly conduct, disrupting government business and entering a restricted building, according to a federal complaint filed Friday.

Jun 11, 2021

Legislators, Students Push for K-12 Asian American Studies

Illinois would become the first state to require public schools to teach Asian American studies if the governor signs a bill that cleared the state Legislature. Lawmakers have proposed similar mandates this year in Connecticut, New York and Wisconsin.

Jun 11, 2021

In US, Pride Month Festivities Muted by Political Setbacks

For many, the top political priority is passage of the Equality Act, which would extend federal civil rights protections to LGBTQ people.